• MotorTrend compares the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe to the 2014 Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Edition

      This is a bit of a mismatch on paper to say the least. Jaguar originally released the F-Type as a convertible but now finally added a coupe to the F-Type lineup. The result is a lighter, stiffer, and better F-Type performer. Porsche has an answer to the F-Type coupe with several 911 coupe variants but why the highest performance F-Type available is pitted against a Porsche 911 giving up 120 horsepower to it is anyone's guess.

      All the 50th Anniversary edition 911 happens to be is a 991 Carrera S (offering a wider body) with the optional power kit standard. The naturally aspirated 3.8 liter flat-6 is bumped to 430 horsepower thanks to a new intake, cylinder heads, camshafts, and tuning. It is no match for a 5.0 liter supercharged V8 with 550 horsepower and gobs more torque. Why not use the 911 Turbo instead Motortrend? Pricing? Who cares? These are $100k+ cars anyway.

      The power disparity despite the 911's roughly 500 pound weight advantage is clearly evident in the acceleration figures. The F-Type R gets to 60 in 3.6 seconds to the 911's 3.9 seconds. The F-Type R gets through the 1/4 mile in 11.8 @ 122.3 to the 911's 12.2 @ 115.4. Yes, the 911 does admirably for a naturally aspirated 3.8 liter showing great efficiency going up against a blown V8 but the F-Type R just has much more raw grunt on its side.

      Power isn't everything and this matchup could be more even but what about the handling, braking, feel, etc.? Both cars feature ceramic brakes but the 911 courtesy of its rear bias stops in a shorter distance from 50 miles per hour by 5 feet. Despite the Jaguar's wider track by three inches the 911 pulls more on the skidpad at 1.00g to the Jag's .94g. Figure eight numbers have the Porsche a tenth of a second ahead at 24.4.

      So which is the better car? To be honest, these are two spectacular vehicles. It comes down to a personal preference of finesse or brute force. MotorTrend describes the Jaguar as a British Corvette and that makes some sense. It is bigger, heavier, and beefier than the Porsche. The 911 however feels lighter on its feet (it is), offers more grip, and is centered around the driving experience over brutish torque.

      The cars have different personalities and the better car is the one with the personality that fits your own.

      This article was originally published in forum thread: MotorTrend compares the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe to the 2014 Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Edition started by Sticky View original post
      Comments 7 Comments
      1. leveraged sellout's Avatar
        leveraged sellout -
        F Type is pretty but I'll take the 911 every time.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        If it is these two exact cars F-Type for me.
      1. Group.america's Avatar
        Group.america -
        F Type R coupe is an awesome little beast, love it
      1. hworang00's Avatar
        hworang00 -
        "It makes you smile..." That's the reason why I bought my I'd go with the Jag. Click here to enlarge
      1. mjmarovi's Avatar
        mjmarovi -
        Really liking what Jaguar has going on, I think I'd buy one.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by mjmarovi Click here to enlarge
        Really liking what Jaguar has going on, I think I'd buy one.
        Jaguar is on a huge roll right now man. They're stepping their game up and the new 'small' car should be impressive as well.
      1. rawad1017's Avatar
        rawad1017 -
        i mean estimated drag strip numbers alone should have told them "let's not compare these 2.."